Sunday, 28 December 2014

Stop Damaging Your Locs In The Name of Protective Styling

Hello peeps,

A belated Merry Christmas to you all and Happy New Year in advance. I'm currently on holiday in South Africa and today's a lazy rainy Sunday, so I'm not out and about looking for lions or terrifying my guts at the Gold reef City Theme park; instead I'm taking advantage to catch up and put some thought out there. But first a bit of my current hair update/situation; I've jumped in and out of the pool a few times this past week so I'm not rocking any style in particular. It's been mostly rinsing the chlorine water out of my locs and moisturising with coconut oil (The only product I managed to pack from home - don't judge me everything was very last minute).

Damaged locs
Source
So before I deviate too much, I have had the opportunity of helping a good bunch of loc heads in Lagos start their journey/maintain their locs and I have noticed constant damage in the name of protective styling amongst other things. 

What do I mean by protective styling?

For the purpose of this post protective styling means either of the following

1. Braiding your locs with extensions.
2. Fixing weaves on your locs.
3. Threading your locs into a style that you can wear for much longer.
4. Any other styles that leave side effects that I'm about to describe below.

Please don't get me wrong, I'm not totally against protective styling however we need to be watchful if it's breaking our locs.

1. The Braid Effect.
When you keep your braids in for too long and then you have disgusting build up that you can never get rid off... Braids are always nice, especially on short locs but that build up like I said is disgusting and it never goes away. If it doesn't break you locs today it will break them some day somewhere down the line. If you are lucky enough your locs might not break but you'll get to always see the gunk every now and then. Yuck Yuck Yuck!!!!

My solution is yes you can braid your locs, but please don't leave them in for too long, 2 weeks maximum is ok if you really want to tame the awkward moments of the loc'd journey. If you see anything that looks like build up, take those braids out. 

2. The Weave Effect.
To the best of my knowledge, weaves are sewn in with a thread and needle. most often a thread that's as close as possible to your hair colour, there by hiding it. The whole concept is fine and dandy until your loctician, sister, mom, brother or boyfriend is not patient enough to find the thread when it's time to take them out. Sometimes it's actually impossible to find, so they are left you no other option but to run the blade through some of your locs. DAMAGE is done, blades have no mercy, sometimes you even loose locs from the root and worse off, along your hair line :'(.

If you are going to do this i.e. fix weaves, ask whoever is loosening them to be very careful also try not to wear them in for too long so that there more chances of finding the thread.

3. The Thread Styling Effect.
I have added this just incase you feel that if you are not adding a weave you are ok, sorry you are wrong. Everything I have mentioned in no. 2 applies once that hair style requires you to thread it into place.

A good locitician would use as little thread as possible. However don't forget not to wear such styles in for too long.

So there, I've said my piece and I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2015... I trust you all are too. if I find pipe cleaners, I may get some curls for the new year, otherwise be sure I'll be keeping it loc'd with an attitude. xoxo.

Your Loc Head
Ade.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

7 Locitude Tips to Keep Locs Healthy During Harmattan.

Hello Folks,

It has been a minute, make that 6 weeks since I last published anything. I won't lie the last few weeks have been incredibly tough in my personal life and procrastination has been my comforter; unfortunately nothing gets done with procrastination. So today I'm breaking out of all my worries and doing one of the things that makes me happy.... As ridiculous as it sounds I really do like blogging about my hair. I would try to get to some of my personal life struggles at the end of this post, but first let me give you what you are really here for, another one of my seven's on what to do with your locs during the dry season.

Me, my locs were about a year +,
Picture by Dolapo James of Urbanknit.com
1. Moisturise, as much as daily.

So I recently found that my ends (of my locs) have been weak, a couple fell out and a few more are threatening. No one likes to see their locs fall. I immediately start thinking of solutions then I realised I have abandoned my moisturise and seal lecture. I have added it back to my daily routine. I spritz my locs down with water, island oil and coconut oil. There's been much improvement this past three days since I restarted it.

Also note that you may want to put in a bit more products (Oils/moisturisers) after a wash, your previous routine quantities may not be enough to combat the dry season.

2. Heard of protective styling?

I'm not a big fan of adding foreign hair /materials to my locs i.e. weaves and braided attachments. So I define my own protective styles as putting my locs into two strand twists, braiding the locs themselves and styling them such that they are not individually easily manipulated.

Protective styles help your locs retain moisture. Think of it in the popular phrase "United we Stand , Divided we fall" The more united your locs are the stronger they are together, and when they are left loose this harmattan season they may fall faster.

3. Deep condition.

Truth be told your locs maybe loosing moisture faster than how much you spritz them down daily, you may need to treat them to some deep conditioning. Depending on how dry they are you can consider using the buttery products, such as Ori (Shea butter) and any thick conditioner out there. I prefer to stick to oils as that way I'm guaranteed not to have build up even if I do it in excess. (Considering a how to Deep Condition your locs post here).

4. Sleep in a Silk scarf/Bonnet.

This one is a bit difficult, even though it sounds easy. Sleeping in a silk scarf every single night requires discipline. If you can discipline yourself well enough you help your locs retain moisture especially during the dry season. Added advantage is that you keep lint out :).

5. You may want to keep your hands out of your locs.

Remember my loc ends that fell off in no. 1 of this post. I lost them to hand in hair syndrome as some of our natural sisters call it. So yes, it's quite a "sweet" feeling twisting your locs all the time but it's one of the Locitude Don'ts, so try not to do it especially during the Harmattan. The reason is simple, your hair will fall out faster if it is dry, the harmattan would likely make your hair dry, so hands in hair syndrome would help your hair fall out. Get it?

6. Avoid the Dust.

Harmattan is defined as A dry dusty wind that blows along the northwest coast of Africa. Dust is not your friend. You already know that with locs whatever gets in stays in, the last thing you want is dusty locs. I don't need to explain why, do I? So if you are out and about get yourself and nice piece of covering to help keep the dust out. Something like the great accessory I found at Max sometime ago would do or try the head wraps that are very trendy these days.

7. Rock them Locs with an Attitude.

No. 7 is a must. :D, rock your locs with pride and a chic attitude, never fails. Remember you'll be taking care of your locs as per tips above and your locs will be healthy, shiny and in wonderful protective styles for the harmattan. So Rock on Fellas...

Wow, this was so refreshing for me, I have almost forgotten about my worries :). Well, I think I've just been in that phrase of life where I have to make a lot of decisions as to the next chapter of who I am. I am also trying to do a lot of things at the same time and all of it can be overwhelming. So I'm learning to be grateful for what I have, who I am and how far I have gotten; as gratitude paves the way for the next big thing. So if anyone out there is having similar experiences just know to stay strong. If there's a will there's a way.

Till later fellas.

Your Loc Head,
Ade.

Friday, 31 October 2014

7 Locitude Loc Inspiration Divas

Hey peeps,

It's been since forever since I did one of my sevens. So here's to 7 amazing loc heads who have inspired me to be a better loc head.

I love the world we live in today where you don't have to move an inch and yet you have the world at your finger tips. All you really need is a screen of some sort and internet then you are good to go. Locitude for what it is today was largely inspired by the following loc heads. The internet made it possible to connect and I'm happy to have taken it seriously enough to find one more thing I love so much. My hair.

1. Chescalocs - Francesca Ramsey
Chesca is an amazing woman with a big personality who found youtube as a hobby and fame found her. She describes herself as an actress, comedian, vlogger, graphic designer, consultant and natural hair geek.

She inspired me to learn to do my hair myself. She's really creative and usually funny. Check out her youtube channel for hair videos and you can find other cool stuff she's into here

Chescalocs


Chescalocs


Chescalocs


2. Bronze Goddess - Shawnda Patterson 
The Bronze Goddess is one down-to-earth mother of 3 who looks like a teenager. Her hair videos are fun and easy to watch and recreate. Bronze Goddess inspires me to "babe it up". She always looks amazing, though I imagine her life is not a bed a roses; between caring for 3 kids, she helps people by giving advice  through her vlogs called "strawberry letters" and she very recently authored a book "The Dating Game: How to Find yourself while looking for Mr. Right". I love her for being very consistent.

Bronze Goddess describes herself as a motivational speaker, life coach, makeup enthusiast, full time mommy and part time diva. I think the diva part is mostly full time as well :). See the Bronze Goddess for yourself on youtube.

Divalicious - Bronze Goddess


Bronze Goddess


Bronze Goddess.

3. Locs Revolution - Niyya Tenee
Niyya Tenee is the founder of Locs revolution, she's is one passionate individual whom I have had the pleasure of communicating with one on one. She helped take Loc Appreciation Day to the next level by organising meet ups in New York.  She also coordinates organisers of LAD events worldwide. She has a fantastic persona and a good heart, I can feel it all the way from the other side of the world.

Niyya fancies herself as loc stylist, blogger, vlogger, natural hair enthusiast, event coordinator and works as a public health worker by day. She says more than all of these she's an urban single mom trying to make the world a better place for her son.

She inspires me through her passion. Learn more about Niyya through her website. www.locsrevolution.com and follow her on facebook for constant loc inspiration photos.


Niyya Tenee
Niyya Tenee
Niyya Tenee
4. Jasmine rose
Jasmine describes herself as a lover of locs/natural hair, beauty, fashion, health/wellness and all things feminine. I have learnt a few step by step processes of styling my locs from her and most importantly this babe is neat, OMG! I'm inspired by the neatness of her room. Maybe one day, I'll get my room to look like that :).

Follow her on YouTube  or visit her blog. Another thing you should know about Jasmine is that she's an obvious lover of purple.

Jasmine Rose

Jasmine Rose

Jasmine Rose
5. Koko femme
Love her hair videos called loc chronicles. She also does know how to keep it very real. So for some loc realness check out Koko's Loc Chronicles here.

I actually get inspired by her realness, she says it as it is and when you having those "off with this damn loc moments". Koko femme is with you.

Koko Femme

Koko Femme

Koko Femme.

6. Jungle Barbie - Synethia Ennis
 Jungle Barbie is a model from Jamaica who I love for her fantastic and creative loc updos. She's always fab. Always Always. She recently just had a baby and looks great. I'm personally looking forward to her come back.

Warning: You may spend a whole day on her blog. You can also find her on YouTube here.
Jungle Barbie

Jungle Barbie

Jungle Barbie

7. Lyzadora - Tokini Bilaye - Benibo
Lyzadora is a US based Nigerian who's into beauty, hair styling, fitness and makeup. I first noticed her on Instagram and was so proud to find out she's Nigerian. Her hair is gorgeous. This post made me find out a little more about her and I'm genuinely impressed with her work.

Her Instagram pictures inspired me.

Lyzadora


Lyzadora

Lyzadora
This post has turned out much longer than I had bargained for, so I'll wrap it up very quickly. The way I see it all the women above have gone about doing something for themselves and in turn it has inspired me. You never know who's watching and how much you can influence someone else by just living your life. Stay Positive. Wake Up everyday and do something, if not for anyone else let it be for you. 

Keep keeping it loc'd with an attitude.

Gat to run.

Your Loc Head,

Ade.

And The Winner Is.... Recap Loc Workshop and Stylist Competition

Hello everyone,

I know the blog has been exceptionally quiet this month of October, partly because my day job is taking the bulk of my time and that spirit called procrastination has started bugging me again; but not worry I intend keeping my promise to have at least 4 posts up a month and I have about 4 hours left so fingers crossed. I can still make it. Before I divert too much, Yes the Loc Workshop and Stylist Competition was two Fridays ago and it was much much fun.

We started off watching the Wetin Be Locs Sef video after a brief introduction of the essence of the workshop, highlighted Locitude loc Do's and Don'ts before going into practical proper. As the adage goes "seeing is believing" there was much to see and learn. So let's relive the moments through pictures below; and watch out for who the winner is and details of the juicy grand prize sponsored by The Kinky Apothecary.

Before we started, learnt how to separate sound on an HDMI cable,
Sounds techie.... Thanks God for Google.

Ade Balogun, Locitude - Intro to Loc Workshop & Stylist Competition.

Cross section of attendees.

Cross section of attendees.

Aunty Angela, one of our hair models.

Benita, Stylist. 

Olisah Victor of Me and U Salon.

Preaching Locs.

Focus of Hair Villagers on far left and others.

Descriptive representation of Palm rolling locs

Deola and Helen, Locitude supporters

Explaining mission moisturise and seal

African Naturalistas Stand.

The KinkyApothecary Stand.

Locitude stand

Locitude stand.

The Kinky Apothecary stand
Ways of starting locs, Model - Gbemi

Explained, the comb twist, two strand twist, finger coil and more

Add caption

Just after previewing Damian Walter's video which was prepared specially for us.

Close up tutorials on the comb twist.

Closer up.

More tutorial-ling ... Model - Aunty Angela

How to get curls, no tools -  The Loc Knots


Benita - Trying out the Loc Knots.

More on the Loc Knots.

Barrel roll how to with Model Lanre.


Cross section of the class.

The Barrel roll coming up.

Drying out Aunty Angela's loc knots and pipe cleaners.

That's the concept of getting a Barrel roll done.

Stylist from O'Natural's trying it out.

One of my pictures by Segun Adewusi - A finished Barrel role twist.

Trying out the Loc Knots on one end and the pipe cleaners on the other.

Very attentive stylists.

Stylists practicing the pipe cleaner curls.

Sunday, practicing the Loc loops

The results of our loc knots and pipe cleaners.

Workshop cross section.

The Kinky Apothecary Stand.

The Kinky Apothecary Stand.



Gbemi's hair almost all done in comb twist.

Nibi of Kinky Apothecary, Dabs of Naija hair can grow/Savvy and Chic, Me, and Kemi of KL'Naturals

Same as above ( we are just not gisting in this one)

Competition time - The contestants were selected by a ballot system and three guys were lucky to compete for the Kinky Apothecary grand prize of Win a Trip to Dubai.

Setting the rules...

Sunday of the Lagos Island Association of Barbers.

Bob of Soft Touch Salon, Yaba.

Oliseh of Me & U Salon.


Competing hard for prize money.

Competing hard for prize money

Competing hard for prize money

Competing hard for prize money

Competing hard for prize money

Competing hard for prize money

Competing hard for prize money
Oliseh finished about 10mins ahead of everyone else.
Count down to the winner is.....

Guess who was there for moral support - Akan Umoden.
And the Vote was cast.

Counting the votes.

And the winner is Oliseh Victor of Me & U Salon.

Winning hair.

Winning hair

Winning hair

Nibi and Akan Umoden.
Everyone seems to be having a good time :)


And it's a wrap.
From left to right Nibi (Kinky Apothecary), Ade (Locitude), Oliseh (Winner), Aunty Angela ( Winning hair), Jerry (Model), Sunday (Lagos Island Barbers association), Bob (Soft Touch Salon) and Tu Scarce (Model and up coming artist).
Here's to sum up what really went down in words:

- Wetin be locs Sef Video
- Do’s and Don’t of Locs – Interactive session.
- Ways of starting locs. – Starting locs with a comb twist Practical with Gbemi
- Locitude’s favourite products.
- Video Presentation with Damian Walter
-  Discussion on Damian Video
- Lunch break/refreshments.
- Benefits of Essential Oils.
- Loc knots. – Practical with Aunty Angela
- Barrel Roll Twist Tutorial with Lanre
-  Pipe cleaner curls tutorials – Practical with Aunty Angela              
- Skype call to Damian
- Loc Loops tutorials with Tu Scarce
- Competition
 - Announce Winner

- and yes we transcended to the After party – Afropolitan Vibes.

Oliseh Victor of Me & U Salon won an all expense covered 7 day trip to Dubai, which included his visa fees and arrangement, flight ticket, Accommmodation with breakfast on all day and 3 world class tours.

So looking forward to the next event it was a very good outing. A big thank you to everyone who came out and supported the cause.

Yours truly, your loc head.

Ade